American Beauty: Highlights from the Richard M. Scaife Bequest

9 March–27 May 2019

Exhibition Overview

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George Inness, Moonrise, Alexandria Bay, 1891, Oil on canvas, 30 ¼ x 45 ¼ in., Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Bequest of Richard M. Scaife, 2015.65.

The Brandywine River Museum of Art and The Westmoreland Museum of American Art have come together in this exhibition to share their finest works from the Richard M. Scaife Bequest. A long-time trustee of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art—as well as a newspaper publisher, art collector, and philanthropist—Scaife left a major part of his extensive art collection to both museums following his death in 2014. This exhibition, which will include 50 paintings, celebrates Scaife’s passion for the rich traditions of American art. Seeing these paintings together will not only allow visitors insight into the collecting vision of both museums, but also the range of Mr. Scaife’s collecting tastes.

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